Album Review: Shallow Side – One EP

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Band: Shallow Side
Album: One EP
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Record Label: Thermal Entertainment

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As many of you know, we specialize in all things Metal. Though, from time to time, you just have to take a break from all the insanity and listen to something. . . off beat, yeah that works, off beat. Alabama rockers, Shallow Side, bring a nice freshness to a somewhat stale genre. Before you go twisting those words and taking them for what I didn’t say, hear me out. If you live in St. Louis, you know exactly what I am talking about, our Rock Radio Station 105.7 The Point, has been playing what we like to call Bro Rock. You know Breaking Benjamin and then 10 other bands that sound almost exactly the same. It’s irritating to the point that, I personally stopped listening to the radio years ago, at least that station. Not to mention their annual music fest, Pointfest. Don’t get me wrong, each year there is always a pretty solid lineup. . or at least a couple bands that really catch us off guard. Hell, I remember when it used to be heavy hitters like Mudvayne, Korn, Disturbed, Rob Zombie expand ones musical tastes and interests. From time to time they still book some heavier bands, but then you balance that out with like 15 local acts, 3-5 up and coming so-so acts and then Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, and Three Days Grace or something and now you have a festival that gets repetitive and boring. Anyway back from being sidetracked, Shallow Side is what you want Rock and Roll to be, they are that rejuvenation that has been needed in an otherwise bro rock flooded genre.

The One EP is the bands third release, it starts off strong and doesn’t stop until the very last note. It mixes sounds of bands like Finger Eleven, Muse and Nothing More all while sounding like a newer version of Styx or Journey that’s mashed up with Daughtry. That being said, they do a fantastic cover of Styx’s “Renegades” halfway through the EP, of which they have a pretty killer music video for. Upon listening to this album for the first time, I found it hard to believe that just four guys were responsible for making these sounds. And although it seems to be the way most rock is going, the more electronic beats really drive this record and make you wanna dance.

For only having six songs Shallow Side have done two things, created an album that you want to jam loudly on continuous play and left you yearning for more. Not to fear though, later this year the band plan on releasing a full length album, something I can honestly say I am excited for. I want to see these guys go far with their musical endeavors, and if opening track “We Roll” is a taste of what’s to come from them than I wouldn’t expect any less than great success from them. One is out now through Thermal Entertainment and available for streaming on Spotify and iTunes. If you like what you hear support them at one of their upcoming shows, let em’ know we sent ya!

Rating: 5/5

RIYL: Daughtry, Styx, Journey, Muse, Finger Eleven, Nothing More

Tour Dates:

02-08-17 in St Louis, MO at The Firebird

02-10-17 in Junction City, KS at The Devils Tail

02-11-17 in Omaha, NE at Shamrocks Pub

02-12-17 in O’Neil, NE at The Chesterfield West

02-13-17 in Sioux Falls, SD at Bigs Bar

02-15-17 in Colorado Springs, CO at Sunshine Studios

02-19-17 in Scottsdale, AZ at Rock Bar

02-23-17 in San Antonio, TX at The Korova

04-29-17 in Las Vegas, NV at M Resort Spa Casino (Rock Into Spring)

05-27-17 in Madison, WI at Alliant Energy Center (Bratfest)

07-15-17 in Cadott, WI at Chippewa Valley Music Festival Grounds (Rock Fest)

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